UAE COVID-19 vaccine: Discounts announced for Uber riders

Will provide UAE residents with discounted trips to select vaccination centres 

  
A man uses Uber application on his mobile phone in Cairo, Egypt November 6, 2019. Image for illustrative purposes.

A man uses Uber application on his mobile phone in Cairo, Egypt November 6, 2019. Image for illustrative purposes.

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Uber has announced that it will offer discounted rides to people looking to receive Covid-19 vaccination in the UAE, in an effort to contain the spread of the virus. 

Riders will be able to avail 25 per cent off two Uber rides, up to Dh20 each to and from public vaccination centres across the UAE. The rides will commence from January 25 until February 8 for people of all ages and nationalities.

The commitment comes as part of Uber’s global initiative to help communities move what matters, supporting public authorities and cities as they work to fight the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.

People across Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah will be able to book the trips to and from 43 centres using the Uber app. This includes a number of Dubai Health Authority centres in Dubai, the SEHA Vaccination Centre and other select centres in Abu Dhabi, and MOHAP authorised centres in Sharjah.

Rifad Mahasneh, Uber general manager in the UAE, said: “We applaud the government's ambition to vaccinate 50 per cent of the community by the end of March and we would like to do our part to support these efforts. Since the onset of the pandemic, we’ve been looking at how we can support our communities, prioritise their health and safety, and ultimately keep cities moving at a time when mobility has been severely impacted. The vaccination drive is part of the effort to leverage our technology to positively impact communities and support the government’s successful efforts in protecting the population against the virus.”

The spread of Covid-19 has affected many lives and Uber has been working on several initiatives to curb its spread including the launch of Uber Medics to provide healthcare workers with discounted trips to and from their workplace, advanced safety measures for both riders and drivers, financial assistance for drivers diagnosed with Covid-19 as well as in-app reminders for riders and drivers to follow advice from public health authorities.

Users interested in claiming the discount have to tap the menu in the top left of the Uber app and select ‘Wallet’. Then they have to select ‘Add Promo Code’ at the bottom, and add the promo code 'SI2021UAE' to get the 25 per cent off discount for two Uber rides to and from the vaccination centres. The trip must start or end at the vaccination centers listed.

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